11808 Barker Cypress Rd, Suite G
Cypress, TX 77433

Is a crown falling off a dental emergency?

dental crown falling off is an emergency

Losing a crown can be painful or uncomfortable, and may cause concern. If you have a crown that has fallen off, seek dental help by calling our office. We will get you in the same day to address the issue. When a crown falls off the tooth underneath is exposed, and this can cause pain or sensitivity.

There are a few things you can do in the meantime to help alleviate any pain or sensitivity you may have.

Tips if your crown has fallen off:

  • Call our office and schedule an appointment to get your crown reattached, and let us know your crown has fallen off. We will get you in as soon as possible.
  • Temporary dental adhesive can be used to try and put the crown back into place. Carefully clean the area before applying the adhesive. Avoid chewing anything hard or sticky because over the counter adhesive is not as strong as a permanent adhesive.
  • Clove oil can be applied around the tooth and gum where the tooth is exposed to help alleviate pain and numb the area.
  • Over the counter pain medication can be used to help with any pain or sensitivity you may be feeling.
  • Avoid any foods or drinks that are acidic or sweet. These types of foods or drinks can cause pain or decay to the tooth.

We recommend visiting our office right away to prevent any further damage to your tooth. Our friendly and skilled staff will look at the area, and determine if you need a new crown. We are here to help and treat all our patients like family providing the very best personal care.

If you are interested in finding out more about our crown procedures, contact Lori Logan, DDS to schedule your appointment.

How does a dental crown work?

Dental Crown

Dental crowns are needed to protect a weak tooth from breaking, or to restore a broken or damaged tooth. Typically crowns are placed after a root canal to help seal out any infection and prevent the tooth from further breaking. Crowns provide strength, prevent further damage, and fit over the teeth.

Crowns can change the size, shape, and color of a tooth giving patients a beautiful natural-looking smile.

During a crown procedure, a local anesthetic is used to keep our patients comfortable and relaxed. The tooth is filed down to provide the perfect fit for the crown. Impressions are then taken and sent off to a lab where the crown is custom made, and temporary crowns are used until the permanent crown is ready.

Typically crowns take two appointments where the patient must return to have the permanent crown installed. Our office also offers same-day crowns for our patients, so they can receive their crown in just one appointment.

Once the permanent crown is ready we will install the crown using a special cement to affix the crown to the tooth. On average, crowns last anywhere between 5 to 15 years. We do recommend to avoid teeth grinding, or clenching your teeth to prevent damage to your crown.

If you are interested in finding out more about our dental crown options contact Lori Logan DDS, to schedule your appointment.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations provided to patients. They can be made of ceramic or porcelain and some of them even have a metal based for extra stability. Regardless of the type of crown that you have, you might be wondering how long your new restoration will last and how to keep it looking its best. The beauty about dental crowns is they won’t stain or discolor like your natural teeth, so it’ll always stay the same color as when it was placed.

When Would a Crown Be Needed?

Most often, a crown is needed because a tooth has broken or cracked. A tooth that has recently had a root canal may need a crown simply because it’s more susceptible to breaking. If a tooth has a very large filling in it, it may eventually crack which results in the need for a crown. Your crown is made just for you using impressions that are made from your teeth. This means the crown will feel and fit comfortably and provide you with a full, beautiful smile.

How Long Will a Dental Crown Last?

A crown typically lasts for anywhere from 7 to 15 years, but it is not uncommon for some patients to have crowns that are two or more decades old. How long your crown will last largely depends on how well you maintain it and your dental habits. For example, a patient who has bruxism and constantly grinds their teeth may need to replace their crown sooner than a patient who doesn’t clench or grind their teeth. It’s important to brush your crown along with your other teeth to keep it clean and be extra careful when flossing. Most patients with crowns find that when they floss, they can push the floss down between the crown and then pull it out from the front rather than forcing it back up.

How to Maintain Your Dental Crown

The best way to maintain your dental crown is with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. Good oral hygiene can prevent bacteria and plaque from getting up underneath the crown or causing an issue with the gums around it. Dental checkups allow us to monitor your crown and look for signs of wear and tear as well as it loosening. Crowns should be replaced after they show signs of wear or if the tooth underneath has become decayed.

Do Dental Crowns Require Special Care?

Your tooth may have experienced severe decay or even trauma that led to the need for a root canal. Now, the issue has been solved, and a dental crown is resting securely on your treated tooth. Your new porcelain crown looks, feels and acts like your natural tooth: Feel free to go ahead and treat it like your original tooth, as it doesn’t necessarily require special care

Crowns are both easy to place and easy to maintain, thanks to modern dental technology. With advancements in technology such as CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), your dentist is able to design and create your customized crown. Then, the crown will be permanently cemented to the tooth in just one sitting. [pullquote]Crowns are ideal for restoring teeth that have been badly damaged due to tooth decay, cracks or breaks.[/pullquote]

A special camera is first used to take a photo of the tooth that will be crowned. Next, your dentist can simply view the image of the crown on a computer and manipulate the detailed image in order to design your new tooth-shaped cap. Your crown will be fabricated based on this design while you wait in the dental office. You’ll have a new permanent restoration in a single hour.

When you go home, you can treat your crown as though it were your natural tooth. Simply flossing and brushing with toothpaste will help to keep crowns clean and the gums around the crowns healthy, thus preventing gum disease. Your dentist will show you how to correctly floss around your new crown.  Also, you don’t need to worry about adhering to special diet restrictions, but you should be careful about chewing extremely sticky foods, such as caramels, which can accidentally dislodge your crown.

Crowns are ideal for restoring teeth that have been badly damaged due to tooth decay, cracks or breaks. They also can be placed on top of a tooth that has received root canal treatment or be used as the final restoration for a dental implant. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can conveniently restore your teeth and your smile with a dental crown. With regular care, a dental crown will keep you eating comfortably and smiling brightly for years to come.

Cerec Crowns: What are the benefits?

Crowns are a valuable tool for a dentist who needs to repair or restore a tooth significantly damaged by injury or decay. However, when aesthetics are at stake, patients may be reluctant to wait a few weeks until a crown is back from the lab to get a complete smile again.

Cerec crowns offer a solution to this problem, and they come with a number of benefits for patients.

A dentist who provides Cerec, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoraition of Esthetic Ceramics, crowns is able to produce the devices right in the office. There’s no need to take a patient’s information and impressions, send those to an outside lab and then wait for weeks for the crown to be delivered to the office and ready for placement. [pullquote]Cerec crowns obviously speed up the treatment timeline, which is an attractive quality for many patients, but they have other more subtle advantages, too.[/pullquote]

Not only do patients get the crown on the day of the appointment, they also cut out the disruption of multiple trips to the dentist for permanent crown placement.

Cerec crowns obviously speed up the treatment timeline, which is an attractive quality for many patients, but they have other more subtle advantages, too. When you get a Cerec crown, you don’t have to rely on a temporary crown that may be prone to falling out.

The Cerec process also relies on digital imaging to determine the specs of the crown rather than dental impressions, eliminating the need for patients to endure that sometimes unpleasant process.

The porcelain materials used for Cerec crowns are remarkably lifelike, and they can be tailored to match the natural shade of your teeth. Furthermore, Cerec crowns contain no metal, which also improves their aesthetics. Cerec crowns are also quite sturdy.

Crowns can help patients to preserve a natural tooth, which makes these devices particularly valuable to dentists and their patients. Cerec crowns improve on earlier treatments because they can restore your smile in a matter of hours, and they offer a number of other advantages too. If you need to have damaged teeth repaired, contact our experienced dental team today to schedule your visit.